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Research Article  |   October 1992
Continuing Education Requirements to Maintain Occupational Therapy Licensure
Author Affiliations
  • Robin Garrahy, OTR/L, is a Staff Occupational Therapist, Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, Johnson City, Tennessee. At the time of this study, she was a senior occupational therapy student, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Louise Thibodaux, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Interim Director, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, Room 114B SHRP Building, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294–1270
  • Charlene Hickman, OTR/L, is a Staff Occupational Therapist, Bessemer/Carraway Lakeshore DPU, Bessemer, Alabama. At the time of this study she was a senior occupational therapy student, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Deidra Caldwell, OTR/L, is a Staff Occupational Therapist, Floyd Medical Center, Rome, Georgia. At the time of this study she was a senior occupational therapy student, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   October 1992
Continuing Education Requirements to Maintain Occupational Therapy Licensure
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1992, Vol. 46, 939-942. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.10.939
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1992, Vol. 46, 939-942. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.10.939
Abstract

Different states use a variety of regulatory mechanisms to monitor the quality of practice in occupational therapy. The requirement for mandatory continuing education has been adopted by fewer than half of American states, but there is reason to predict that this trend will increase. This study investigates the patterns linking licensure to continuing education and recommends actions to ensure uniformity and accountability.